One of California’s largest environmental organizations boosts Ravel’s campaign
San José, CA – Today, Ann Ravel’s campaign announced the endorsement of California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) in her race to become the next State Senator for the 15th District. CLCV is the political action arm of California’s environmental movement and focuses on protecting and enhancing the environment and the health of all California communities by electing environmental champions and holding policymakers accountable.
CLCV Political Director Mike Young said, “The California League of Conservation Voters is proud to endorse Ann Ravel for State Senate. She has a long track record of taking on Big Oil and lead paint companies in the fight for environmental justice. Californians need and deserve more leaders like Ann who are willing to take bold action to fight the climate crisis and lead us to a clean energy future.”
“CLCV is one of the preeminent environmental groups in this state, and it means so much to me personally to have their support. Together, we will combat climate change and work to address the root causes of environmental inequality,” said Ravel. “As State Senator, I will continue to hold polluters accountable, fight every day for environmental justice and ensure we’re protecting our planet for future generations. California must continue to lead the way as a global climate leader.”
CLCV joins a growing list of organizations and distinguished leaders to support Ravel’s campaign, including Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis, State Controller Betty Yee, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, State Senators Connie Leyva and Hannah-Beth Jackson, Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg, End Citizens United, FundHer and many others.
Ravel has fought against the corruption of money in politics in every level of government. She brings that integrity with her to her own race for State Senate.
Because of her public leadership for campaign finance reform, ethics, transparency and holding violators accountable, Ravel earned an early endorsement from End Citizens United, a national organization dedicated to campaign finance reform, bringing transparency to government and to ending dark money in politics.
Ravel has lived and worked in San José and Los Gatos for most of her life. She worked her way up in the Santa Clara County Counsel’s Office and was appointed by the Board of Supervisors as County Counsel. She served eleven years and took on big tobacco, protected families from lead paint, challenged Prop 8 in the California Supreme Court to defend marriage equality, and created innovative programs, including one that protected seniors from financial abuse.
Appointed by President Obama to serve as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice, Ravel held oil giant BP accountable after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. She stood up to pharmaceutical companies, who were breaking the law and taking advantage of the vulnerable, and helped Native Americans qualify for federal compensation after they suffered from life threatening cancers caused by the uranium mining.
As Governor Jerry Brown’s appointment to Chair the Fair Political Practices Commission, she led the first-in-the-nation fight against the Koch Brothers network when they used dark money to try to pass Proposition 32, the paycheck deception ballot measure. Her work – and her integrity – earned the attention of President Barack Obama who nominated her to the Federal Election Commission.
Ravel was raised by a strong Brazilian mother and American father, who were both orphans and grew up in abject poverty. She lived in Chile until she was 10 years old, and then her family moved to San José. In high school, Ravel’s first jobs were in the fields of Salinas Valley and on the assembly line at a fruit cannery in San José.
Ravel and her husband Steve, an adoption lawyer, are residents of Los Gatos, and they are proud to have raised her three children in this district. Learn more about Ann Ravel’s campaign and see her growing endorsement list at: www.RavelforCA.com
California’s State Senate District 15 includes San José, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and Saratoga. This is an open seat – current State Senator Jim Beall is termed out in 2020.